339/365 Sittard In B&W

 

Sony NEX 6, Sigma 19mm f/2.8
ISO 200, f/7.1, 1/40 sec, Raw

Sittard In B&W

I was going through some of my images and found this panorama. I turned it into black and white and forgot about it. It’s taken at the sunset but I wasn’t lucky, the weather was against me. Looking at the image, there was almost no color like I took the image in mono chrome. So the choice was to make it black and white and play with the shadows and highlights. I think it looks great. Would love to hear your opinion…

Here is the same image broken into 3 pieces for more details:

339 Sittard In B&W 01

339 Sittard In B&W 02

339 Sittard In B&W 03

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297/365 Storm B&W

 

Sony NEX 6, Sigma 19mm f/2.8
ISO 100, f/8, 1/100 sec, Raw

Storm B&W

Today I wanted to share with you something different. I took this black and white panorama couple of days ago just before it started raining and I got soaked from the head to toes. When I was editing the sequence, I accidentally clicked on one of my black and white presets and since than never switched it back! It got me straight away. It just looks better in black and white and I love how dramatic the scene is. It’s mean but beautiful. If you look closely, there is a character in the clouds and also a fish across the sky.

I like this image a lot! Hope you do too…

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89/365 Milieuparkweg Sittard – Industrial

89 Milieuparkweg Sittard - Industrial

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Sony NEX 6, 16-50mm Sony lens
ISO 100, f/8, 1/30 sec, Raw

Milieuparkweg Sittard – Industrial

Any time there is bad or cloudy weather I love to shoot in black and white. To me B&W and industrial goes together. After I posted the panorama of the old hospital, some of you asked me how do I do it. So here are few tips that I always look for.

1) Seeing in B&W before your take the shot is crucial. This is the main difference between good and great. Look beyond colors, and try to visualize how shapes, textures and the whole scene will look like in the final composition.

2) Contrast, tone light and the details of the texture makes all the difference. Remove the colors and you get wide spectrum of grays. Therefore, look for subjects with simple, strong lines and shapes. Keep an eye for shadows, light and dark areas in your composition.

3) Look for drama, minimalism, uniqueness, high contrast and stay away from boring and typical stuff.

4) Use filters. Polarisers will boost the contrast and add a drama to your shots. ND filters are great for long exposure photography. Want that silky, smooth looking waterfalls, rivers or clouds? Use 8-10 stops ND filter.

Keep in mind that not everything you shoot will look amazing in B&W. . It comes down to how good you are at understanding light, choosing your subject, your camera settings and your simple, effective software editing knowledge. I use Lightroom for 95% of my photography editing and Photoshop for the last touches. Great thing to do is to motivate yourself before you go shooting. One of my favorite Black and White photographer is Michael Levin. He does outstanding job in his black and white images and he reminds me how far I still have to go!

I hope you like this image. Please if you do give it a thumbs up and share it with your friends.

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45/365 Gull In Flight – Stadspark Sittard

45 Gull In Flight - Stadspark Sittard

Canon 60D, Canon 70-200 f/4
ISO 200, f/4, 1/1600, Raw

Gull In Flight – Stadspark Sittard

This shot is a quite an old one from around 2012. Back then I had no idea about Lightroom and I was editing in Photoshop entirely. I was looking on this picture today and thought I can do better now and so I started playing with it.

Also, thanx to the courses I followed back in NZ where I’ve learned how to organize my files well so every time I want to find some old photos I know where to look for.

It was grey and not really a colorful day. So I went with black and white feel. There is no reason to push through colors that are not there…I like the result and have seen a lot of improvement on this image since the last edit so that I’ve decided to share it with you.

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